• Twins President Dave St. Peter said the roster should help attendance continue to climb going forward after the Twins drew 2.29 million fans in 2019 — which doesn't include the 41,000 fans who attended Game 3 of the ALDS. "I think reality is we're going to grow our season ticket base," he said. "I expect to have a really significant attendance year again in 2020. People like this team."

• Since 1930, the Gophers have started 7-0 five times. The 1934, 1935, 1940 and 1941 national championship teams coached by Bernie Bierman all were perfect in eight-game seasons. The 1960 team led by Murray Warmath began 7-0, finished 8-2 but still won the national championship.

• For all the talk of Kirk Cousins' struggles, he ranks 10th in the NFL in passer rating (100.0). Carson Wentz, the Eagles quarterback whom the Vikings will face on Sunday, ranks 19th (94.3). Wentz is 1-1 in his career against the Vikings, winning 21-10 at home as a rookie in 2016, when he threw for one touchdown and had two interceptions. He was also the QB last year when the Vikings won at Philadelphia 23-21, throwing for 311 yards with two scores.

• After having a great season with the Vikings in 2017, Case Keenum has really struggled. Last year with the Broncos he went 6-10 and this year he is 0-4 with the Redskins, having missed last week's loss because of an injury.

• The Vikings still have road games left with the Lions, Chiefs, Cowboys, Seahawks and Chargers. The combined record of those teams is 15-8.

• After winning the NFC North last year, the Bears are off to a rough start in 2019, and they still have to face the Saints, Chargers, Eagles, Rams, Cowboys, Packers and Chiefs in addition to their remaining four division games.

Walt Scher, a St. Paul Central graduate who worked as a Vikings intern in public relations in 2016 and '17, is now working as a publicist with CBS Sports.